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Rules of Engagement [Hardcover]

Catherine Bush

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374252807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374252809
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,317,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Will Keep You Thinking 26 Feb 2001
By Elizabeth Hendry - Published on
The Rules of Engagement is a fabulous novel. Catherine Bush has given us a terrific story that will make you think about the nature of love and war, of bravery, cowardice and risk. Arcadia Hearne is a Toronto native living in self-imposed exile in London. As the novel unfolds, we learn, little by little, about why seh left, and what she has done in London. She left because two of her lovers had a duel over her. The pain of the consequences of the duel was too overwhelming for her, so she fled, escaping to London. Her story, and how she finally addresses her past and deals with issues in the present, is fascinating and well-told. Bush tells the story, plaing concepts of love and war against one another. It's wonderful food for thought. There is a revelation towards the end of the novel--almost blink and you've missed it--that you won't get out of your head. I highly recommend this one. Enjoy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Kundera 24 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
In "The Rules of Engagement", Catherine Bush creates a near
flawless meditation of the nature of war and the nature of
love. Arcadia Hearne, the main character, flees from Canada (and two
lovers), then emigrates to England, where she excels at hiding from
the past, allowing only her sister and parents sporadic contact.
the course of this novel, Arcadia has to come to terms with acts of
agression in both her personal life (a duel is fought over her) and in
her professional life (Arcadia works for the Centre for War
Studies). She also comes in to contact with a group which facilitates
escapes for African refugees. As she aids in facilitating these
refugees' flight, Arcadia is compelled to face her demons, and return
to Canada for the first time since her departure a decade
Bush is a masterful writer, with insights and meditations
of both love and war which are reminiscent of Milan Kundera's
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and
"Immortality." While the correlation between war and love is
present, Bush is skillful in not abusing the power of the metaphor
through overuse or heavy-handedness. Overall, the writing is fresh and
intelligent. The story is utterly believable, and Arcadia Hearne is an
incredible character. Through Arcadia's quirks, and the idiosyncracies
of the people in her life, these people come to life in their own
unique way.
This is an incredibly intelligent novel, and a highly
enjoyable read. If you like Milan Kundera's early novels, you will
definitely enjoy "The Rules of Engagement."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and elegant 23 Dec 2000
By Matthew Cheney - Published on
The Rules of Engagement is a fine novel, written in icily beautiful language, precise in its observations and the psychological development of its narrator, Arcadia Hearne. It's also a lot of fun to read.
Bush's use of war metaphors to develop a love story may seem a bit obvious once the set-up becomes clear, but at the same time it's all odd enough to stay consistently interesting, and none of the conclusions hit you over the head. To the novel's credit, the information about world conflicts and War Studies (Arcadia's area of expertise) doesn't exist only to be a metaphor -- it has tremendous significance in the narrative itself, and lends the everyday events of the story a global perspective. This is a tremendously worldly book, a book which expects an intelligent and aware reader, but which is never oblique or obtuse.
The story of Arcadia's past is handled deftly and woven into the present-day events with great skill. As the past and present converge, the novel becomes truly exciting -- it's fun to try to second-guess Bush and figure out where everything is leading, as in a mystery story. But here, the mystery and suspense lies not so much in the plot as in the character, for by the end we have come to care about Arcadia and her fate.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT's more than just a page-turner, it's literature 31 Aug 2000
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Rules of Engagement by Catherine Bush is a skillfully written, splendid novel, wchich a reader won't easily forget. At the heart of this literary thriller is a pistol duel, fought in Toronto between two students who may of may not be contending for the love of Arcadia Hearne. The duel would seem to be the ultimate in romantic gesture, but Catherine Bush's style is so subtle that the reader doesn't know exactly why the students are duelling. The consequences for Arcadia -who watches the duel- are the centra thematic preoccupation of the Rules of Engagement. After the duel she flees to London and there she has to cope with her traumatic past. In fact Rules of Engagement isn't a literary thriller, but a psychological novel which contains thriller-like elements. In an abstract way violence and risk are the novel's structural co-ordinates. The Rules of Engagement is a page-turner, beautifully written. I felt really involved in this book, because it deeply speaks to the major questions in life.
Peter van Beek M.A. Literary reviewer, HN-Magazine, The Netherlands
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Pleasure 22 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
The events of this book resonated personally, making the story quite a satisfying one to read. Like Arcadia, I have an interest in war studies (being one of the slightly maligned 'peace and conflict' students she mentions). I also fled to a new city (Toronto, ironically) to escape personal pain and with the intention of reinventing myself. I think the book becomes even more compelling as Catherine Bush gradually and often elegantly reveals how Arcadia's constant questions about war and internvention are really manifestations of past psychological pain, as well as means of understaning the meaning of events she yas yet to reconcile. The idea of facing up to one's demons isn't terribly original; however, if you prefer that these stories have an intellectual bent along with a dash of local colour, then this book is worth reading.
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